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Getting Inspiration from Your Photo Editing Service

When you start working with a photo editing service, you are bringing a professional set of eyes to your organization. Your editor will improve the look of your photographs to increase the overall presentation of your publication. Over time, you can use their editing suggestions as a way to learn how to take better photographs, cutting down on the time it takes to finish editing your photo set.

Select the Right Photos for Your Design

After a photo shoot, you typically have dozens of images on hand. You can send all of these to a photo editing service, but it is much easier to narrow your selection down to a few that are suitable for your final publication. If you are unsure about what photographs would best suit your page design, you can ask your photo editor for advice. Your editor has a trained eye that allows them to evaluate the composition of a photograph. They can recommend photos from your set that have the highest quality and will blend well as a set on the page.

Your editor may also recommend a specific cropping angle for the photographs in your set. Cropping an image properly can increase the drama or visual interest of a shot. Talk to your editor about the effect you are hoping to create with your photograph and they can provide you with recommendations that will help you get the right look. After your image is cropped, a photo editing service can alter the lighting effects within the image to make the new focal point stand out.

Make Plans for the Future

Companies working with a photo editing service frequently produce similar publications on a regular basis. Your editor can provide you with inspiration for new spreads that can save you time down the line. If you were not satisfied with your shots for your most recent publication, ask your editor about shots you could take next time to make a more effective presentation. Your photo editing service may be familiar with models or agencies that are known for producing high quality work, giving you the opportunity to take your publication to the next level.

A photo editing service will handle thousands of images in a given week. These editors are very familiar with the work others are doing, making them an excellent resource for a publication that wants to stay current and interesting. Ask your editor about the types of photos or editing effects that appear to be trendy in today’s market. You can also learn about subjects, fashion or locations that appear frequently in other photo sets. Use this information to keep the look of your publication current without appearing to have jumped on the bandwagon.

Photo Masking with Clipping Paths

Photo masking is typically used to alter or remove a portion of the image. This will make it easier for you to place a portion of the image within another photograph. You can also replace an object on a different background to alter the look of a photograph. Once a neutral background is set in place you can add additional effects such as shadowing to draw attention to specific objects within the photograph.

Using a Clipping Path during Photo Masking

The easiest way to create a precise photo mask is to use a clipping path to define the edges of the image. Create a new editing layer for each clipping path so you can address each object separately. Zoom in to draw an outline around the desired object to define its edges. Aim to find the balance between creating a realistic edge and a smooth line that is easy on the eye.

If you are new to creating edges in a digital photo editing program, practice creating a smooth edge before attempting to complete your final project. Duplicate your image, giving you a layer to practice on that will not disturb your original photograph. Draw your clipping path around this image. As you zoom in you should see a gray area where the pixels from the background fade into the colors of the object. Draw your clipping path through this area. The colors around the edge can be adjusted later. At this point you are only trying to create a clear shape.

Applying Your Photo Mask

Once you have created a clipping path, you can use photo masking effects to alter the background of the image. You can use a clipping mask to render the background invisible, allowing you to transpose the object onto a different photograph. You can also add coloring effects to the background to create a different look for the photograph. You can also save different versions of the photograph with a variety of styling effects to create a portfolio set.

If you are practicing your clipping paths, using a photo mask can help you get a feel for how to apply them properly. Add a background layer that has a bright color, preferably a color that will provide a sharp contrast to the color of the image. As you work on your clipping path, turn the mask on and off. This will allow you to see the outline you have created very clearly, helping you to determine if it requires any adjustments before you start to add additional editing effects. You want the path to look natural and smooth rather than making a point of outlining every stray pixel in the original. Clipping paths can easily be dragged and altered to make any necessary adjustments.

Adding Additional Effects During Image Processing

Much of the photo editing process revolves around correcting portions of the image to enhance the natural look of the image. Once basic cropping and white balance has been set you can start adding editing layers to add additional effects to enhance the original image. Editing with layers allows you to adjust each effect separately. It also allows you to quickly remove any effects that are unsatisfactory without disturbing the remainder of your work.

Avoiding Fabricated Effects

Image processing software often includes several tools that will automatically apply editing effects to a photograph. These are intended to make editing quicker and easier for those new to the art form. While these tools may be tempting, they are not ideal for accurate photo editing work. Automatic photo editing effects cannot be edited after they are applied to make a more accurate presentation. They will also be applied directly to the image rather than in a layer, meaning you will have to undo all of your other work if you would like to change these effects.

Adjusting Coloring Effects

Any effects that can be applied with a quick imaging button can be applied by hand as well. The most common “quick edit” that is applied to a photograph is a grayscale option, converting the image to black and white. Creating this effect with an adjustable layer instead will give you more room to make precise adjustments to the effect. The key is to alter portions of the image separately so you can enhance both lighting effects and shadowing.

Adjustments that are made to the coloring of an image should be created without altering the pixilation of the image. This will allow you to change or remove the effect as you see fit. If you will be adding separate effects on different portions of the image, apply these in separate editing layers. This will give you room to adjust each without inadvertently undoing other work you have done. Using the curve tool or setting a clipping path will allow you to define the edges of each object so you can alter the lighting effects on each separately.

Removing Unwanted Effects

Applying an edit from a submenu will permanently alter the pixel count of the image. Before you add these effects, save your work and an original copy of the image. This will allow you to compare the images to ensure that the altered effects are enhancing the overall presentation. It will also allow you to quickly retrace your steps should you decide you do not care for the effect at hand. If you are editing in layers, you can simply delete the offending layer to undo any effects that are not deemed satisfactory.

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